Drain Surgery Santa Monica is beginning to replace a corroded half-century-old storm pipe responsible for high bacterial levels in waters around the municipal pier. L.A. Times via Look Out News
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- United We Fight If the Antelope Valley towns of Palmdale and Lancaster combined, they'd become California's 14th largest city. Not so fast, say opponents of a merger idea now being floated by Lancaster mayor R. Rex Parris. Antelope Valley Press
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Pardon Our Budget Mayor Villaraigosa and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will lead a Westside town hall meeting at the Felicia Mahood Center to discuss the city budget in a time of financial meltdown. L.A. Times
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